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1 Elmwood Avenue Kansas City KS 66103 USA


Unbound's mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world.


Sponsored members partner with Unbound to make program and benefit decisions that help meet their basic needs and develop their potential over the course of their time in the program, sometimes 18 years or more. Outcomes vary by location and may include educational attainment, leadership, improved health and nutrition status, dignified housing, skill development and increased income through livelihood opportunities for families. Through Unbound’s sponsorship program, families have more choices in their lives and are empowered over to confront the challenges of poverty and work toward a better life. In a 2013 qualitative evaluation of the Unbound sponsorship and scholarship program in the Philippines, almost all participants had achieved a university degree and many had also completed a graduate level education. Alumni, on average three years out of the program, are now pursuing careers from teaching to nursing and accounting to architectural design. Most are currently employed on a full-time salary basis. Former scholarship students self-identified the most significant outcomes of the program as education, leadership and spiritual/holistic development. Many former scholars are currently supporting their own families and providing both economic and mentoring support for siblings as they pursue their education. In addition, a central theme in the evaluation findings was the significant internal drive toward giving back to their communities. Examples include teaching formation classes for current Unbound sponsored members, preparing supplies for disaster relief, mentoring, and offering computer skills and resources to community youth.

Target demographics:

children, families and the elderly confront the challenges of poverty and work toward a better life

Direct beneficiaries per year:

more than 300,000 children, families and elderly people with needs such as education, food, health care, clothing, housing improvements and skills training.

Geographic areas served:

20 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean


sponsorship of children and the elderly, youth scholarships, disaster assistance, micro-loans, skills training for parents and more.

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Rating: 3 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Our family were sponsors for many years, but a few years ago they 'cleansed' much of their public image of the words Christian and Christ, starting with their name.
Since they are uncomfortable identifying themselves with Christ, we found someone else to donate to who helps families in need and is not embarrassed to be seen as Christian.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My Wife and I have been sponsors for almost 30 years. We love to receive letters and photos of the children we sponsor. Unbound does an amazing job. God Bless you.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Words can't describe the joy I had when I received my first handwritten letter from the child I sponsored. This is such a great non profit organization. Everything is organized and easy to maintain a connection with your sponsored child.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This is an amazing program!! where you not only will change the life of a child but you get to become part of their family for life and them part of yours. I picked an age of child to sponsor, that was the same as my own son, so they can grow up as friends in very different parts of the world; and for a graduation gift, I will take my son to meet our sponsored child that we have exchanged letters with for so long. In addition, each year at my annual raise time- I plan to sponsor another child adding to my Unbound Family, hopefully easing some of the burden from their lives & change a childs future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

My wife and I have been Unbound sponsors for 15 years. Unbound empowers the sponsors to live out the Gospel message by serving those most in need. The personal contact we have with our sponsored children and aging and the Unbound staff makes us an integral part of the worldwide Unbound family.

Through their mission awareness trips we have had the opportunity to meet our sponsored children and see the Unbound staff at work in the local communities. Their openness at every level has given me full confidence that the resources we provide are used wisely.

Meeting our sponsored children and aging in their community and in their homes is an experience that cannot be measured. The Unbound staff has been very prompt at meeting all our requests for information and specific help for our individual sponsored needs.

With the creation of the mothers groups in the local communities the Unbound staff has provided a family atmosphere for the sponsored children and their parents, many of whom are single mothers. This bonding helps the mothers pull together to help provide for their children in a way that would not be possible on their own.

Eric and Mary Baker, Unbound sponsors

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I have been a sponsor of Unbound (formerly CFCA) for over 10 years. I have also volunteered by visiting local parishes and helping sign up sponsors. My experience has been wholeheartedly positive and extremely rewarding. They have always been very responsive to any questions I've had, and considering the challenges in dealing with often rural communities in foreign countries, it has always surprised me just how responsive they have been. I'm fortunate enough to work for a company that matches my donations 2:1, which results in a sizable year-end lump sum. I've received phone calls asking how I'd like the funds utilized, and even helped purchase land and build a house for a family once. I received copies of invoices, photos, letters, it was absolutely extraordinary! If there's another charity that does this, I've yet to experience it. So to conclude, I would recommend this charity, they are getting donations directly to the sponsored child/elder person and improving lives!

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have 4 sons who are now all grown men. But we also sponsor 8 children through UNBOUND. We began with one girl from Mexico in 1983. For many years we wrote and received letters and pictures from our sponsored children. Then, in 2008, we went on our first MISSION AWARENESS TRIP. It changed our lives because we saw how much good was being done in the communities. We continue to encourage our friends and relatives to sponsor children through your wonderful organization, UNBOUND. Love, Elsa

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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

Since my family began sponsoring a child through Unbound a few years ago, the letters from her family have provided a tangible connection to people from a whole different life style. Their thankfulness for health and consistent prayers for us serve as a reminder of what is truly important in life. Supporting Unbound's work will not only change your perspective on poverty, but open your eyes to the worth in all life. I am grateful for all they do!

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12 people found this review helpful

I've been involved with Unbound for 15 years as a sponsor and as an advocate. It is very effective in promoting a mutually enriching relationship between sponsors and sponsored persons. Some sponsors receive letters that are so sweetly sincere that they feel they are receiving more than they are giving. I do not hesitate to encourage members of parishes where I preach and members of my own family to become sponsors in order to help the children of the very poor to break free of the bonds of poverty and fulfill their dreams.

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Sponsoring children for 13 years through this great organization has been one of the most gratifying things we have ever done. The personal contact with the children through letters and pictures is inspiring. Unbound is very efficiently managed, with extremely low overhead and it is very convenient and easy to work with them.
Our children and grandchildren have also learned to appreciate their secure lives and be inspired to help others to achieve a better life.
We highly recommend Unbound to our friends and everyone.

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